misc.ience

Give your two cents on electric vehicles in NZ

Aimee Whitcroft Sep 12, 2012

No doubt, some of you care (in some way or other) about electric cars, the technol9ogy on which they’re built, their useage and their future.   If one of those people is you, you could do worse than hieing* yourself over to the brand new – as in started yesterday – EV Supporters community. So [...] … Read More

Selfies with Photosynth

Aimee Whitcroft Sep 06, 2012

A few months ago, I downloaded Microsoft’s Photosynth app for my iPhone. Now, before you all start shouting ‘Booooo!’, I’d like to point out that Photosynth has been around for a while, and is a pretty cool and clever piece of tech. Also, the app is a joy to use. Another reason I’ve been playing [...] … Read More

This is your brain on hacks

Aimee Whitcroft Sep 05, 2012

No, not hacks in _that_ sense.  More, here are a number of ways to hack your very own grey cells or (I guess) someone else’s*. Remember that your brain is more like a computer than you might, at first, think. It takes a series of inputs (generally from your senses), does something with them (such [...] … Read More

Factory farming of the vegetable kind

Aimee Whitcroft Aug 22, 2012

Well, I’m back!  We survived not only the Mongol Rally, but the ensuing two weeks in Ulaanbataar (more on that in another post, though). Vegetable factory farming, China Daily August 18th 2012 , http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2012-08/17/content_15685417.htm. Click to enlarge. In the meantime, I bring you some Chinese science journalism, courtesy of the free newspaper* on the plane [...] … Read More